Story-driven Learning and e-Portfolio Artifacts in the Engineering Technology Classroom

Have you ever wondered how story might provide impactful ways to engage students in STEM learning?  This project, led by Clark Hochgraf, Associate Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology, Jeanne Christman, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology, Stacy Nation-Knapper, Director Year-One Programs at RIT, and Laura Shackelford, Professor of English at RIT, focuses on developing workshops, classroom modules, and faculty development opportunities. Collaborating with faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Biomedical Engineering, and James Madison University's School of Engineering, these cross-institutional teams are creating story-driven pedagogies and e-portfolio practices for students and faculty.  What makes story such a primary way to share experience and build knowledge? What are the secret powers of story - its ability to bring people together and establish visceral connections with a storyteller's experience? How can educatos and professionals harnass story to engage, sinpire, and motivate in the classroom or professional life?  These are some of the questions they are exploring.

They have developed workshops on "Story Work and Reflective e-Portfolio Practices" for RIT-365 facilitators and classrooms; on "Telling Your Story in an Interview" in consultation with Career Services instructors for Third-year Engineering Technology students; a Workshop on "Storytelling and Student Development Theory" for attendees at the KEEN National Conference: Engineering Unleashed February 4, 2021. They are currently working on "Story Makers: A Quest to Engage, Connect, and Inspire," a KEEN faculty development workshop to  be offered in summer 2021.

This spring, they will lead a workshop at RIT for interested faculty. Email ces@rit.edu if you are interested in participating!  All of these activities have been supported by a Kern Family Foundation Grant - "Transforming Engineering Education through Vertically Integrating E-portfolios and Cooperative Educational Experiences to Develop Students' Entrepreneurial Mindset.  Partners and new opportunities to discuss story-driven pedagogies and e-potfolio practices are welcome as they continue to develop and finesse these workshops on storytelling to engage students and build more meaningful connections across disciplines and in specific contexts.